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Feeding the kids: Orange carrot ice pops

The "Orange Carrot Ice Pop" recipe can be

The "Orange Carrot Ice Pop" recipe can be found in "200 Best Ice Pop Recipes," by Andrew Chase (Robert Rose, $24.95). Credit: Handout

In my ongoing quest to find tasty, kid-friendly food appropriate for the whole family, this week I chose a cool treat for a hot summer day. I found the recipe in "200 Best Ice Pop Recipes," by Andrew Chase (Robert Rose, $24.95).

Orange Carrot Less-Drip Ice Pops
(Makes 9-12 ice pops)

- 1 1?2 tablespoon unsweetened gelatin powder
- 2 cups orange juice, divided
- 3?4 cup chopped carrots
- 1 cup water
- 3 tablespoon sugar
- 2 tablespoon honey

1. In a large measuring cup, sprinkle gelatin over 1?2 cup orange juice. Set aside until gelatin is softened, about 3 minutes.

2. In blender, puree carrots, 1?2 cup orange juice and water. Transfer to a saucepan and stir in sugar and honey. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 3 minutes.

3. Place a mesh sieve over gelatin mixture and strain carrot mixture into it, pressing out as much juice and pulp as possible. Discard solids. Whisk until gelatin is thoroughly dissolved, about 1 minute. Whisk in remaining 1 cup orange juice. Set aside to cool.

4. Give mixture a quick stir. Pour into ice pop molds and freeze until slushy, then insert sticks and freeze until solid, for at least 4 hours. If you are using an ice pop kit, follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

Excerpted from "150 Best Ice Pop Recipes" by Andrew Chase © 2013 Robert Rose Inc. Reprinted with publisher permission.

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